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Re: Processed First Rabbits...Questions For Next Time

Post Number:#16  Unread postby FourRingCircus » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:05 pm


I agree, sounds like it went well overall! The twitching is a bit freaky and takes some getting used to - I still dread butchering, but it's a necessary part of the process for us.

As for the skinning - males are harder in general, add age to them and it can see darn near impossible :x . I have used my whole upper body to get the job one, almost literally hanging on the thing. It's not fun at.all.
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Re: Processed First Rabbits...Questions For Next Time

Post Number:#17  Unread postby BeachBC » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:17 am


For a quicker cleaner kill I created a new method of cervical dislocation that is easy and humane for all to do.

Wow! That looks so much easier...and cleaner. You should market those!

I have never used a popper style unit, but I have heard that cervical dislocation on larger rabbits is not easy.

What would be the best way to dispatch the really big rabbits?

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Post Number:#18  Unread postby Homer » Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:22 am


BeachBC wrote:]I have never used a popper style unit, but I have heard that cervical dislocation on larger rabbits is not easy.

BeachBC wrote:What would be the best way to dispatch the really big rabbits?

I use a 1" steel pipe. Pop them right on top of the head behind the eyes but in front of the ears. NO bruising that way and one pop and it's over. I do Flemish Giants culls that way...I've never been into all the kill devices and I'm a toy nut. :?

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It's hand made by Jake, PSF Angoras better half. I can call him if you want and see what he would charge for one. It really makes a huge difference when your skinning out an older rabbit.

Nice to see you back more!


I wouldn't mind a quote for one of those beauties, either, if you do ask him. :oops:

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Post Number:#19  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:14 am


Homer wrote:They must be up in the mountains hunting jackalope.


I hope they bag a buck with a nice rack!

Homer wrote:I sent them an email so when ever they return I'll hear from them an let you all know what he says.


I'd be interested in seeing what he has available- not only in skinning knives, but others. My whole family are well on the way to becoming knife collectors, so they would make great gifts!
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Post Number:#20  Unread postby Homer » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:47 am


Well, I heard back from PSF Angoras and guess well have to wait and see. Part of her email to me this AM: "I can ask Jake about the knives, he's got a few other people asking him to build some too but he's being a fish bum. Ice fishing season just started. If he's willing I'll let you know, thanks for the offer of putting them on RT. Odds are he probably won't be, but I'll try to work on him. He likes to do it but he gets so much demand when he does that it becomes a chore. Been trying to convince him for a couple years to start it as a side business..." She is a very persistent young lady so I'd bet he'll see it her way. :lol:

"but I'll try to work on him" means he doesn't stand a chance of not doing it or else. ;) The rest of her email doesn't sound like he has anything in stock right now.
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Post Number:#21  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:06 am


Thank you for all the posts on here....
I will be doing my first processing myself with a mentor this week.

I really nervous, but have strong belief that I need to know how to do this.
I have done all types of poultry, but this will be my first furred critter.
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Post Number:#22  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:02 pm


SarniaTricia wrote:I will be doing my first processing myself with a mentor this week.


That is always the best way- you don't feel like such a :troll:

SarniaTricia wrote:I really nervous, but have strong belief that I need to know how to do this.


The emotional aspect is the hardest part- the butchering is a piece of cake.

SarniaTricia wrote:I have done all types of poultry, but this will be my first furred critter.


I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the lack of "slaughter odor" that you encounter with rabbits compared to poultry.

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Post Number:#23  Unread postby FourRingCircus » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:14 pm


Rabbits are by far the mildest smelling things I have processed (the only two I have to compare them to are chickens and squirrels though).
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Post Number:#24  Unread postby Rainey » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:53 am


And the best is that you don't have to pluck them!

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Post Number:#25  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:08 am


Rainey wrote:And the best is that you don't have to pluck them!


That is definitely a plus... although plucking ducks is on my worst jobs list! However smoked duck is on my most favourite food list.... I punish myself I think....lol
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Post Number:#26  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:47 pm


Hi All,

Not tryin' to steal a thread, so I started a new one on BUY, SELL, and TRADE about the skinning knives if anyone is interested.

@ Beach BC, glad to hear that there's more meaters out there! Good job on the first time, it's always the worst. You will only improve in skill from there, and though it rarely get easier emotionally, the skill will greatly improve as you go along.
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Post Number:#27  Unread postby Homer » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:04 am


Well that didn't take long! :mrgreen: Thanks for stopping by PSF and letting everyone know about the knives!

See I told you guys she was very persuasive. :shock: They're really good people and knife making the right way is a labor intensive job.
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